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Okay, a quandry... My car recently gave up the ghost on me. I need to replace it... Answered

Do you think it would be wiser to buy a used car with good service history and lots of options or a brand new "stripper" car with a good warranty? Price could be about the same for the two. Thank you for any input, I'm trying to puzzle out what I want.

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Spaceman Spiff
Spaceman Spiff

Best Answer 11 years ago

Go with a Used Car from the Dealership so you can get the warranty without the crazy costs of a new car. Research buying tips on edmunds.com before you go in so that you don't get screwed by the salesman. Also research prices there as well, you can bring the cost down a lot with this info. I think this is your best bet, but it all depends on what you want. For me a warranty is very important.

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Stew2
Stew2

11 years ago

All good suggestions, and I have been spending lots of time on Edmunds.com... I guess it boils down to how bad I want a warranty... I almost bought a PT cruiser till I read up on the reviews of them.

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Stew2
Stew2

Answer 11 years ago

Okey doke, after much soul searching and research (and all of the good advice from you guys!) I went out and bought a 2006 G6 that came into dealership as a lease return. Has low mileage, the options I wanted, and the depreciation has already occured. I paid less than half of new price. Thank you all for your advice, it helped my decision. Stew

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NobodyInParticular
NobodyInParticular

11 years ago

Don't just consider the costs now, but the cost per year of ownership- sticker price, gas, repairs, and everything. Is a good 15-year car a better deal than three 5-year junkers? It's hard to say. Run the numbers and don't just guess.

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Prices vary a lot, but recently new cars have been cheaper than used ones in some areas. You may find dealers can be pushed into giving you even better than advertised deals on stuff they're desperate to get rid of.
I suggest you play dealers off against each other and make a wise choice on a new car, it's probably the best way to spend your cash. And see if they'll take the old one off your hands for a trade-in while you're at it.

I would have suggested edmunds.com too (assuming your location, if Spaceman Spiff hadn't)

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